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Trump’s history-making hush money trial starts Monday

JENNIFER PELTZ and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In a singular moment for American history, the hush money trial of former President Donald Trump begins Monday with jury selection. It’s the first criminal trial of a former commander in chief and the first of Trump’s four indictments to go to trial.…

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FBI opens criminal investigation into bridge collapse

ERIC TUCKER and SARAH BRUMFIELD Associated Press The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge that is focused on the circumstances leading up to it and whether all federal laws were followed, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person was not authorized to…

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The IRS is quicker to answer the phone on this Tax Day

FATIMA HUSSEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — On this Tax Day, the IRS is promoting the customer service improvements the agency rolled out since receiving tens of billions in new funding dollars through Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. From cutting phone wait times to digitizing more documents and improving the “Where’s My Refund” tool to show…

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O. J. Simpson, 76, dies after cancer battle

By KEN RITTER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson, the decorated football superstar and Hollywood actor who was acquitted of charges he killed his former wife and her friend but was found liable in a separate civil trial, has died. He was 76. The family announced on Simpson’s official X account that he…

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Ford investigated for Bronco gas leaks

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency has opened an investigation into a Ford recall for gasoline leaks from cracked fuel injectors that can cause engine fires, saying in documents that the remedy doesn’t fix the leaks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted…

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Russia destroys large Ukraine power plant

By HANNA ARHIROVA Associated Press A massive missile and drone attack destroyed one of Ukraine’s largest power plants and damaged others, officials said Thursday, part of a renewed Russian campaign targeting energy infrastructure. The Trypilska plant, which was the biggest energy supplier for the Kyiv, Cherkasy and Zhytomyr regions, was struck numerous times, destroying the…

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